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Trump Education Reform Legacy: Too Little, Too Late

Before attention turns entirely to President Biden, it is worth pausing to take a quick look back to assess President Trump’s education reform efforts. Perhaps Biden—or any other politician trying to make progress on education-related issues—can learn something from Trump’s missteps.

Trump’s re-election campaign emphasized two education-related themes—school choice and patriotic history.

On the choice front, Trump devoted a substantial portion of his February 2020 State of the Union address to an “opportunity scholarship” for a Pennsylvania 4th grader named Janiyah Davis. “Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunities Act — because no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government school,” Trump said.

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